Smith College and Hampshire College
Women Practicing Buddhism

EVENTS

A number of events for those interested in learning more about the teachings of the 14th Dalai Lama, Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan history were scheduled at Smith and Hampshire colleges.

At Smith College

Hillyer Art Library, Neilson Library, Tibetan Literary Arts Exhibition
Tibetan Literary Arts is an exhibition on the history of the Tibetan written language from Ancient times to the 19th century. It contains scholarly essays and selected poems from all of the five schools with the primary emphasis on experiential poems and advice from many historic masters. Poetry, along with logic, medicine, astrology, art and architecture belongs to the five secular sciences in the Tibetan literary tradition. The exhibition will open at Neilson and Hillyer Art Library at Smith in early May in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to the campus on May 9.

May 4–August 4, Smith College Museum of Art, Aesthetics of the Sacred: The Buddhist Art of Tibet
Aesthetics of the Sacred: The Buddhist Art of Tibet is an exhibition of 17
tangkas and four sculptures from the 12th through 19th centuries, on loan
from the Rubin Museum of Art, New York City. Tangkas are created by applying
mineral pigments to cloth. The exhibit is supported by Smith's East Asian
Studies Program, the Ada Howe Kent Fund of the Religion Department and the
Brown Foundation, Inc. Check the Web site www.smith.edu/artmuseum for
hours and cost of admission.

Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Brown Fine Arts Center, a discussion about the unique institution of the Dalai Lama
The unique institution of the Dalai Lama and the way in which the institution has evolved under the 14th Dalai Lama, will be the subject of a talk by Lobsang Norbu Shastri, director of research and translation at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in India and visiting professor of philosophy at Smith and Hampshire colleges.

Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Browsing Room, Neilson Library, an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
While preserving the Indian Mahayana tradition, Tibetan Buddhism has many distinctive features. Lobsang Norbu Shastri, director of research and translation at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in India and visiting professor of philosophy at Smith and Hampshire colleges, will provide an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.

March 13, 7 p.m., Browsing Room, Neilson Library, an evening of Tibetan cultural activities
Dawa Yangzom ’08, treasurer of Smith College Students for a Free Tibet, will host an evening of Tibetan cultural activities, including music, dance and other forms of Tibetan cultural expression.

March 26, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201, a discussion about the role of Tibetan women in the freedom struggle
B. Tsering Yeshi, president of the Tibetan Women’s Association, will talk about the political role of women in contemporary Tibet and the leadership role women have played in the refugee communities in India.

April 3, 7 p.m., Browsing Room, Neilson Library, a discussion about the Dalai Lama’s books, Ethics for a New Millenium and Kindness, Clarity and Insight
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a prolific author. Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life, and Jay L. Garfield, the Doris Silbert Professor of Philosophy at Smith, will moderate a discussion of two of his books.

April 17, 7 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium, a discussion of the variety of Buddhism in the Pioneer Valley
Jamie Hubbard, Yehan Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies, will moderate a panel discussion about the variety of expression of Buddhism in the local area.

May 1, 7 p.m., Browsing Room, Neilson Library, an interfaith dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity
Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life at Smith, will moderate a Buddhist-Christian dialogue. The discussion will draw on the 14th Dalai Lama’s reading of the Christian gospels, and Thomas Merton's writings on Buddhism.

May 11, 6 p.m., Smith College Museum of Art, a gallery talk "Scholar on Art"
Marylin Rhie, Smith professor of art and East Asian studies, will offer a
free talk about selections from the exhibition Aesthetics of the Sacred. The
museum will not charge admission during that time.

 

At Hampshire College

May 8, 7 p.m., Franklin-Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall, a screening and discussion about the film Kundun
The screening of the film Kundun, which tells the story of the discovery and childhood of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will be followed by a discussion led by Abraham Zablocki, assistant professor of anthropology at Hampshire and an expert on Tibet.

Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Franklin-Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall, a screening and discussion about the film Satya: Prayer for the Enemy
Using the testimony of dissident Tibetan nuns who have been persecuted in Tibet, the film Satya: A Prayer for the Enemy portrays the tragic experiences of these religious women as they suffered torture in prison. Following the screening, Tsultrim Dolma, a former nun who was imprisoned in Tibet and has testified before the United States Congress, will moderate a discussion.

March 6, 7 p.m., Franklin-Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall, a discussion about the 14th Dalai Lama’s engagement with science
The 14th Dalai Lama has worked tirelessly to bring the Buddhist tradition into the dialogue about modern science. Arthur Zajonc, professor of physics at Amherst College who has been involved in discussions between the spiritual leader and Western scientists, will talk about the importance of this exchange.

March 27, 7 p.m., Franklin-Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall, a slide show and lecture about Tibetan Buddhist art
Marilyn Rhie, professor of East Asian Studies at Smith and one of the world's foremost experts on Tibetan art history, will display slides of Tibetan art and lecture on its iconography and cultural importance.

April 10, 7 p.m., Franklin-Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall, a discussion about the Tibetan freedom movement
Kunsang Kelden, president of Hampshire College Students for a Free Tibet, will moderate a discussion about the Tibetan freedom movement and the role of students in that movement.

April 24, 7 p.m., Franklin-Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall, a discussion about life as a Tibetan refugee
Thondup Tsering, president of the Tibetan Association of Western Massachusetts, will discuss life as a Tibetan refugee and the challenges of preserving Tibetan culture in exile in the United States.

 

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